Category Archives: British history

Regency Era Con Man, Gregor McGregor and the Release of “Mr. Darcy’s Bargain” + a Giveaway

 In writing my latest Austen-inspired vagary, Mr. Darcy’s Bargain, I researched LOTS of scams of the Regency era. One of the most prolific of those who practiced a scheme to defraud others was a Scot named Gregor McGregor. Gregor McGregor … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria’s Grief at Losing Her Beloved Albert

On December 14, 1861, Prince Albert succumbed to what was believed to be typhoid fever, although a recent book Magnificent Obsession by historian Helen Rappenport suggest the prince suffered from Crohn’s disease. (The Daily Mail). Queen Victoria’s grief over the loss … Continue reading

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Annuities in the Regency as Basis for “Mr. Darcy’s Bargain”

Much of the action of latest release,  Mr. Darcy’s Bargain, is based around a scam perpetrated by Mr. Wickham upon the citizens of Meryton, as well as Mr. Darcy’s attempts to thwart him. Wickham convinces many in Hertfordshire to invest … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Publishing Options, or Being a Female Writer in the Regency Era

Publishing Options for Women During Jane Austen’s Lifetime I thought it time to revisit this post for several people of late have asked me of Austen and self-publishing. Novels during the early Regency were geared toward the female reader; therefore, … Continue reading

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From Where Does the Name “Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky” Come?

With the news of the anniversary of the Cutty Sark ship this past week, I thought to renew this post. First a bit on the clipper ship: On 22 November, Cutty Sark celebrates the 146th anniversary of her launch. Originally designed … Continue reading

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What You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

It took more than 200 years after the first Thanksgiving before it became an official holiday. The first Thanksgiving was a three day feast, which included hunting, athletic games, and eating. The Pilgrims dined on venison, NOT turkey. There was … Continue reading

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The Franklin Syndicate, a Scam That Serves as the Basis of “Mr. Darcy’s Bargain”

When I came upon the idea of a “bargain” between Darcy and Elizabeth, I required an impetus to bring them together in my latest vagary, Mr. Darcy’s Bargain. That impetus was a scam perpetrated on the citizens of Meryton by … Continue reading

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